Friday, January 24, 2014

Win a copy of Diane’s “Digital Surface Design” DVD



My friend Diane Rusin Doran has a new Quilting Arts Workshop! It is available on DVD or as a digital download, and is called Digital Surface Design: Simple Techniques for Hand-dyed Fabric Effects and More. Here’s your chance to win a copy of the DVD: keep reading, and then leave a comment at the end of this post.

This post is part of Diane’s Blog Hop Giveaway. There will be six winners. Each of the five blog hostesses (including me) will randomly select a winner from the comments on her blog. That person wins a copy of Diane’s DVD. 


A sixth winner will be randomly selected from all the remaining entries to win four fat quarters of fabric Diane designed using techniques from the workshop (oooooh… aaaaaah…):

Win these fabrics made by Diane by commenting on  blogs in this bloghop--see the link below.

This is the first one of Diane’s quilts that I saw in person, in Houston in 2010:

Return of the Grackle by Dian Rusin Doran
I was absolutely blown away. It is called Return of the Grackle, and was created by collaging elements in Photoshop. Because it was printed on silk before quilting, it shimmers, and the colors look very iridescent. One of the things I like best about Diane’s work is that it has great visual appeal from a distance. Luminuous colors, great design elements, movement, depth, and layering … and then you get up close and you are seduced by the wonderful quilting.

Return of the Grackle (detail) by Diane Rusin Doran
This quilt was awarded Third Place in the Digital Imagery category at the 2010 IQA Judged Show in Houston and Third Place Innovative at the 2011 Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza.

Diane’s quilt below is called “California Dreaming,” and is part of of the Dinner at Eight Artists’ “An Exquisite Moment” exhibition (my piece “First Snow” is also in this exhibition).  

California Dreaming by Diane Rusin Doran
California Dreaming (detail) by Diane Rusin Doran

I've already ordered Diane's first video workshop...this new one has whet my desire to play!Diane’s first DVD is Digital Collage for Quilt Design from Start to Finish. You can see more of her work and read about her process on her blog, Ooh! Pretty Colors.
 
Diane’s new DVD focuses on how to create digital art cloth that she uses in her work. Just what is “digital art cloth”? Well, it is cloth created on the computer that is designed to look like it was created using traditional surface design techniques such as hand-dyeing, drip-dyeing, painting, low-water emersion dyeing, stamping, stenciling, discharging and screen printing. 

Diane walks you step-by-step through her process, using Photoshop Elements (the inexpensive version of Photoshop), so that even a beginner can achieve great results. I already know a fair amount about Photoshop, but even I learned some new tricks. My biggest revelation: there are things I’ve been wanting to try, but have shied away because of the mess and the chemicals. Watching this DVD made me realize that I can achieve these effects without the mess, a ton of practice, and stress. 

After you design fabulous original fabric, you can either print it out on your own printer, or have it printed at a service like Spoonflower.com.

Want a sneak peek? Here’s a video preview!

GIVE-AWAY!
I’m giving away a DVD download of Diane’s new Workshop. Leave a comment after this post and tell me a little bit about why you’d like to win. Please leave me a way to contact you! I’ll pull one name at random at noon, Tuesday, Jan. 28. The winner will be announced at the end of this post on that day. I’ll also pick a second person to be eligible to win some of Diane’s custom-designed cloth. (You can read about it on her post). That drawing will take place on Diane’s blog. Note: If your comment does not show up right away, please don’t freak out. Please post only one comment. I now have to moderate/approve all comments, because I was getting a ton of Japanese porn spammers leaving comments on my blog!

Here’s the entire Blog Hop schedule; leave a comment on each blogger’s post about the DVD for more chances to win.
 
Jan.14 – Candy Glendening - http://www.candiedfabrics.com/journal/ 
Jan. 16 – Sarah Ann Smith - http://www.sarahannsmith.com/weblog/ 
Jan. 21 – Deborah Boschert - http://deborahsjournal.blogspot.com/ 
Jan. 24 – Susan Brubaker Knapp - http://wwwbluemoonriver.blogspot.com
Jan. 28 – Diane Rusin Doran - http://oohprettycolors.blogspot.com/

We have a winner!
Cathy in gorgeous Sonoma County has won the Workshop, and Debbie Jones’ name is going into the hat for a chance to win Diane’s fabric! 

58 comments:

  1. I've done some simple experiments with photographs and printing to fabric on my own. It would be interesting to learn more with a proper teacher.

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  2. I love transfering and printing on fabrics, but I have a lot to learn about the subject !!! It would be really great to win this workshop !!!
    Patchacha - http://blogapatch.over-blog.com

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  3. I would love to make some of my own fabric... from some of my own digital photos.... Her stuff is awesome!

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  4. I want to learn this technique.
    shirleyw2006@yahoo.com

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  5. I've done a little screenprinting but I'd love to learn more about printing on fabric!

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  6. I. Would love to learn how to make pictures such as these - I have only started to use fabric printing

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  7. I am fairly new to art quilting. I think after all these years I have found my calling, but there is so much to learn. I think this information would really help me.

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  8. HI Susan,
    Thanks for the chance to win. I love your work and think that Diane's looks pretty interesting too.

    Ruth at ruthq@rogers.com

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  9. I would love to learn Diane's creative process on the computer. I can see how you could create fantastic original fabrics to use in your most personal projects.

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  10. I would love to learn Diane's "secrets" to digital surface design. I love the bright beautiful colors she uses. Thanks for sharing!

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  11. Thanks so much for being part of the hop Susan!

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  12. I would love to win this DVD...I have been considering ordering it and I am intrigued by the technique. Thanks for the chance!

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  13. A friend was just telling me about Diane's work. I have used inkjet printing in some of my work but would love to know more. Thank you for the opportunity.

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  14. I am just beginning to use Photoshop for my fabric designs, so Diane's DVD would be an awesome resource. juneh@alumni.uwaterloo.ca

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  15. I don't quilt enough and hve just started anther piece - this dvd would give me the inspiration I need to really get to grips with creative quilting.

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  16. Enjoyed reading all the interesting blogs and the giveaway chances! Thank you so much...

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  17. I have done a little simple inkjet printing using MS Word so now I want to learn other ways to use my computer to create mixed media art quilts. Thanks for the chance to win Diane's DVD.

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  18. Love the idea of designing fabric digitally! It gives a look totally different from any other. Thanks, Susan, for posting your take on the process. I'm encouraged to try it, and hope to win the DVD or fabric!

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  19. I have seen Diane's first DVD and absolutely loved it! I am always fascinated with ways to incorporate Photoshop techniques into my quilts!

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  20. I have been looking at and pricing Photoshop just this week. I saw an artist work on Facebook who had blurred her images and printed fabric. I love taking pictures and have many of my pictures from which I would like to make quilts. Susan, I took your classes on painting from a photograph, and stitching in Blowing Rock. You can contact me at Gina McCoy Terry on Facebook. I am a friend of yours.

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  21. I used to help my aunt with her quilting hobby MANY years ago since I love quilts. One day a few weeks ago I was snuggling under one of the quilts she made for me while trying to stay warm (during our recent "Artic Vortex" - ACCK!) and I found myself admiring her quilt-creation which brought tears to my eyes as I recalled those precious times I spent with her helping her with her quilting love. That's when the inspiration came upon me to look into what quilt artists are doing today! WOW! There are so many new quilting techniques that I have been re-inspired to start quilting...again! Looking at each one of the artist's Diane has listed for this DVD contest is so inspirational! AND, when I found that I could utilize my photography skills to make fabric...well...I HAVE to learn how to do this! I would LOVE to win one of Diane's new Digital Surface Design DVD's since I have no clue where or how to start! I LOVE her work and would LOVE to learn from such a creative artist! So...I'm keeping my fingers crossed while STILL staying snuggled under my aunts quilt as I am considered to win one of Diane's DVD's! I will keep checking back with you to see more beautiful creations you share with through your beautiful and informative blog for sure!

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  22. I want it because I'm disabled now and can't do a lot of surface design. But I can use a computer! Hope it's me!

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  23. Diane's work is amazing...how great to be able to win something & learn from it when you win!!!

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  24. Like yourself I am blown away by Diane's work. The colors are fabulous. If I don't win one I will be buying the cd anyway.

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  25. Would love a DVD that combines Photoshop and fabric

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  26. Diane's first DVD inspired me to do digital art, I can't wait to see this one!

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  27. Love Diane's first DVD, inspired me to explore the wonderful world of digital art! Can't wait to see new DVD!

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  28. I have enjoyed Diane's contributions to Machine Quilting Unlimited magazine and would love to win a copy of her new DVD. Thanks for the chance!

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  29. I too was absolutely awed by the Grackel. I love luminescence and I've never been able to achieve it well in my quilts. I would love to play with these techniques! Thanks for hosting this giveaway and thanks for your inspiring blog too! I love to visit!

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  30. I would like to win the DVD because I want to reach my full potential by utilizing all of the creativity, resources and skills that I have. I think Diane's DVD can help get me there. textilerecycler (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  31. When I first saw The Grackle I was spellbound, and drawn to its luminosity and beauty. It is a signature quilt that drew me further into art quilts. It is just gorgeous. So to know that it was made using Photoshop Elements and printed on silk using Spoonflower, puts it within reach of my poor but developing skills. I would really love to learn how to do this. To think that it was made on a computer. Fascinating.

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  32. That looks great. It would be great to win this dvd. I have yours Susan, and it it so much easier if you can see how it is done! I'll cross my fingers.

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  33. The pieces Diane created are lovely. I am always interested in learning new things.

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  34. I am working on Diane's other video right now (Digital Collage) so it would be great to have the set :-)

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  35. I have never wanted to do fabric dying on my own because of the mess and potential harm from the chemicals, but I love the look of hand dyed fabrics, so I would love to learn to do it with photoshop elements. Thanks for the chance to win a DVD.

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  36. Wow! I have Photo Shop and would love to learn her techniques!

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  37. I enjoy all aspects of fabric manipulation. I'd like to try this on my computer and I already have Elements!
    fiberheart at yahoo dot com

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  38. Thanks for such informative posts on your blog. I'm interested in the DVD to explore the techniques and to push myself on computer techniques.

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  39. I would love to win this DVD to learn new techniques....

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  40. Gorgeous fabrics & quilts! I have Photoshop & would love to learn new ways to use it!

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  41. Those are gorgeous samples. Thank you for sponsoring the giveaway.

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  42. So excited about digital design. Working on learning Photoshop and this DVD would help immensely. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  43. I've been using Picasa for my photo editing. Now I'm excited to try Photo Elements and learn some of Diane's techniques.

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  44. Susan, thanks so much for the opportunity to win this DVD. Having a very small space to work in and no dedicated 'wet' area, this technique sounds like it will be perfect for obtaining the look without the logistical issues.

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  45. I use Photoshop Elements for digital scrapbooking and am excited to learn how to use the program for quilting!

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  46. I have used Elements for my photographs and look forward to making my own fabrics using Elements and spoonflower. So many inspirations on your site ... many thanks.

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  47. I really liked your explanation of the different types of paints. I have been using cheap craft bottle paint for my Gelli prints on fabric, and have not been happy with it. I think I want more transparency. I would love Diane Doran's DVD, and yours looks just as interesting!

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  48. I would like to win this DVD download to add to the things I like to use when creating an art piece. Thank you for the chance! Ani @ playdoll2 (at) gmail.com

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  49. Thanks for the opportunity to win this DVD.
    Your review was good.
    I love your work.
    Best!

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  50. I'd love this DVD. I have 1000's of images that I would like to get better at manipulating and printing. Thanks for the chance!

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  51. Thank you for the chance to win this DVD! Also, thank you for the paint info! Have been using the craft acrylic paints, the more I use them, the more I realize there most be something better! Brush info appreciated also.

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  52. Love how you use negative space. Do you leave the space blank or use a discharge technique?

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  53. What a wonderful opportunity to have my name put into the drawing for a copy of this DVD; looks like something that would be worthwhile to have in my collection. Here's hoping for my name to be discovered by the selector.
    Kristin

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  54. I would love to win this book. it sounds fantastic.

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  55. I would love to be your winner and utilize the info on the DVD

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  56. Darn iPad I hope I'm not reporting a ton of times. But I would love to win

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  57. I would love to learn this technique!

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  58. Very cool stuff! would love to learn how to do this!

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